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Rene' J. Al

Age 79, of Ohio Township, passed away peacefully at home after a lengthy illness on September 8, 2021. Born on June 11, 1942, in Voorburg, Netherlands, son of the late Jan and Johanna Braun Al. Beloved husband for 44 years of Susan Lombardi Al. Loving father of Rene' J. Al, Jr., Antoinette Al, Andre' (Lynn) Al, and John Al. Brother of Ingrid Al, Roy (Jolanda) Al and the late Hansi (Henk) Sijgers, Adriaan Al, and Jan Al. Dear grandfather of David, Kelsey, Isaac, and Jansen and proud uncle of numerous nieces and nephews.


Rene' attended schools in Den Haag, NL until 1957 when he emigrated with his family to the United States. After graduating from Stamford High School, he relocated to San Antonio with his family, where he earned a BS in Chemistry/Math from St. Mary's University.


A STEM pioneer, his proficiency in the math/sciences field provided a natural progression from chemistry/laboratory positions at Plastic Applicators to operations roles, and subsequently advanced to VP Operations at Dresser Manufacturing Division and Corporate Director of Operations at Dietrich Industries. The incremental responsibilities expanded his expertise to incorporate engineering and operations functionalities, and provided the impetus for implementing an integrated manufacturing system. During his tenure at Dresser Manufacturing Division, a coating process was developed for DMD gas and water industry products, which were subsequently marketed under the Al-Clad trademark. Rene' held a number of patents for several methods of coating various materials and for the formulation of coatings. The Coated and Plastic Products team then designed, constructed and operated the DMD Al-Clad Facility. Later, Rene' went on to establish his own consulting company in collaboration with his former boss and mentor, Austin Platt.


In addition to his professional endeavors, Rene' utilized his expertise in volunteer activities implementing system conversions at diverse organizations such as the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Fox Chapel Episcopal Church. He eventually became fascinated with genealogy and traced the Al lineage to the 1600's in Jisp, NL, culminating his research in a family tree on canvas that can be found on the wall of nearly every Al household. Although math/science were dominant characteristics, he also dabbled a bit on the creative side, transposing photographs onto canvas, tile, cups, etc. In his free time, Rene' loved traveling, walking with his dog in the park, had always enjoyed the water and boating, and later in life even puttered on the golf course.


Memorial services will be held privately at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rene' and Susan Al Scholarship Fund, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Attn: Office of Philanthropic and Alumni Engagement, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA 16701.

Thomas M. Heffley

Of Bellevue, formerly of the North Side, passed away on September 9, 2021 at age 63. He was the son of the late James and Mary (Reenie) Heffley, loving father of Dennis and Leann Heffley, and dear friend of their mother, his former wife Nore Heffley. He is survived by his brothers and sister: James (Dorothy), Robert (Catherine), Mary Price (Richard), and Patrick. Also survived by his cousin, Patrick McDonough (Jeanne), and long-time, cherished companion, Cathy White, and many nieces and nephews. Tom was a 1976 graduate of North Catholic High School. He spent his career in automobile sales, with the last 15 years at Shults Ford-Lincoln in Wexford, PA. Family and friends welcome for visitation on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:00-8:00pm at PITTSBURGH CREMATION AND FUNERAL CARE, 5405 Steubenville Pike, Robinson Township, PA 15136. Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at 10:00am at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Incarnation of the Lord Church, 4071 Franklin Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15214. Interment to follow in Christ Our Redeemer Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.